TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – State Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office questioned U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz in a deposition against the Biden Administration “to enforce public-safety immigration laws.”
In their deposition, Moody’s office asked a line of questioning resulting in the chief agreeing that President Joe Biden’s policies are fueling the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. Southern Border.
Q: Would you agree Chief Ortiz that the southern border is currently in crisis?
Q: Is the crisis that is currently ongoing at the Southern border making the border less safe for Americans and aliens alike?
Since President Biden was elected does this document indicate that aliens illegally entering the United States perceive that they will be able to enter and remain in the United States?
Moody’s office said they are uncovering “damning evidence” that Biden must be held accountable for the border crisis.
“Under oath, Ortiz testified that the Biden administration purposely reduced detention capacity of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and narrowed removal pathways—increasing pressure on Border Patrol,” they said. “Ortiz claimed these changes left the patrol with no other choice but to release hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the interior even though they were likely inadmissible into the United States.”
“After the Biden administration denied that they were engaged in catch-and-release, and that they were responsible for the historic surge at our southern border, Florida got the Chief of Border Patrol to admit, under oath, the truth,” Moody said. “The Biden administration caused the surge, made the border less safe, and is flagrantly violating the very federal laws they swore to uphold. The Biden administration is putting hard-working border patrol agents in impossible and untenable positions—risking their lives and safety, and I want to thank Chief Ortiz for testifying truthfully at his deposition.”
Moody claimed that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are not following federal immigration law. They note that in the last full month of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol released 17 illegal immigrants into the U.S., pending resolution.
To view the amended complaint in the case, click here.
Read the entire deposition here.
The trial of Florida’s case is taking place in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Florida and set for trial in Jan. 2023.
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